Honors Curriculum

Honors Curriculum

Freshman Curriculum

HON 200 – Honors Expository Writing

Honors Expository Writing emphasizes the role of writing in intellectual and social processes. This course focuses on critical analysis in reading and writing, challenging students to frame complex ideas within relevant contexts and tailor their writing to more effectively address specific purposes/audiences. In addition, students should gain proficiency at sustaining extended written arguments/discussions through practice in collecting and synthesizing information from which they then draw logical and significant inferences. This course satisfies the first two levels of the University Writing Requirement.

HON 130 – Reading Across the Curriculum

This team-taught course provides an opportunity for students to engage a topic from multiple perspectives. Through this experience students will gain an appreciation that different disciplines approach the same subject with different assumptions, methodologies, values, and goals. This experience will not only illustrate to students the differences among disciplinary perspectives, but also reveal differences among themselves in what they consider compelling evidence. Most importantly, they experience the art, the value, indeed the critical importance of civil discourse among individuals who may passionately disagree about a given issue. Integration and critical analysis are emphasized in this course, with students being asked to integrate and evaluate different types of evidence, and then to communicate their personal response. This course satisfies the LAC Liberal Arts Colloquium requirement for freshmen.

Sophomore – Junior Curriculum

HON 360 – 362 Honors Colloquia

The required Honors Colloquia should promote many of the same attributes and skills as the freshman courses, except in a more interactive format emphasizing self-directed inquiry. Utilizing small class sizes and novel approaches to subject matter, instructors should challenge students with more “open-ended” assignments that encourage them to move beyond the goal of “instructor satisfaction” and define their personal standards of performance. At the same time, student evaluation should consist of more than simply rewarding an exceptional work ethic, but should also recognize originality and disciplined creativity. And perhaps most importantly, Honors Colloquia should provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their attitudes toward learning, their intellectual curiosity, and their capacity for self-education. The three Honors Colloquia satisfyany three of the five required LAC Tier II required courses.

HON 375 – Introduction to Thesis Research

This one-credit, required seminar is intended to prepare students for beginning their respective thesis projects. This course is offered in the Fall semester and provides a structured forum for students to ask questions, discuss ideas, and to be introduced to research strategies and issues of concern representative of different disciplines. This course requirement may be waived for individual students at the discretion of the Program Director.

Junior – Senior Curriculum

HON 400 – Honors Research and Writing

Although not required, it is recommended that students register for this one-credit seminar as a means of preparing for HON 380. This course is offered in the Fall semester and provides a structured forum for students to ask questions, discuss ideas, and to be introduced to research strategies and issues of concern representative of different disciplines.

HON 380 – Directed Honors Research and HON 488 – Honors Thesis

These courses comprise the capstone experience for honors students at Eastern. Ideally, the completion of this 7-credit thesis requirement will provide an opportunity to utilize many of the skills on which their earlier honors courses focused. The successful student will demonstrate his/her capacity to identify a question or project, understand its relevance within one’s particular discipline, articulate a strategy for execution of the project, and complete a thesis written in the format appropriate to the discipline. Moreover this experience should provide evidence of a student’s capacity to successfully complete a long-term project that reflects higher order learning and a sense of what constitutes scholarship in one’s discipline. Completion of an acceptable Honors Thesis satisfies the LAC’s Tier III requirement.

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